Our latest news and blog posts

Our Annual Easter Egg Hunt

EASTER SATURDAY marks the return of our ever-popular Easter Egg Hunt

from 11am to 3pm on Saturday 31st March 2018.

The Easter Egg hunt is just £2.50 per entry and all proceeds raised on the day go back into making Hardie Park the best in SS17!

What you can expect on the day…

  • Easter Egg Hunt around the park
  • Stalls
  • Food and Drink
  • Face painting
  • Art and craft activity
  • Ice cream
  • Bouncy Castle

and more…

A fun filled day for the family at your local park.

Check out our event on Facebook and share with your friends.

 

 

 

February Community Newsletter

The future is bright at Hardie, click through to view our February news via this link  February Edition of Hardie Park Newsletter

Topics include…

  • Fantastic turn-out at the AGM
  • Half-term activities planned at the park from 12th to 16th February
  • How to support projects when you haven’t got the time!
  • The Dogtopia Show 2018 to be hosted at Hardie Park.

Enjoy the read!

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: 01375 402182 or 07803 295374  Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

 

Fantastic turn-out for our 1st AGM

What a great evening, so well supported by volunteers, trustees and community. Rob Groves the Charity’s CEO gave a review of the successes, achievements and of the project to date, as well as future plans. Representatives of the various projects which run at the park including SS17 BRAs, Men’s Shed, Tech Club and Hardie Gardeners provided an account of the last year and explained how they impact on those involved.

Shane Ralph, Course Co-ordinator for the Footpaths Project explained the effect the course was having on local residents and what benefit the 12 weeks of workshops and volunteering opportunities have had on peoples’ lives. Finally, Russell Godward Chair of the Trustees gave a round-up of the meeting and thanked those who attended and congratulated volunteers and those who had a heart for Hardie.

Cheese and wine during the evening was appreciated by those who attended and Nikki our cafe supervisor did a great job preparing the hospitality.

If you would like to be part of the park as a volunteer or can offer your services as a trustee maybe, please get in touch. We are a charity serving the community so if you have an idea for a club or need a venue to meet with your group, your future is our future. Let’s work together to achieve our long term goals!

Friends of Hardie Park’s aim is to build community, create opportunity and transform the environment of the park. New projects and initiatives are always in the pipeline with the purpose of engaging all age groups and abilities.

Upcoming events and feedback on recent activities can be found on their social media channels.

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: 01375 402182 or 07803 295374

Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

Second wellbeing course launched at Hardie

Hardie Park has launched it’s second Footpaths Personal Development Programme supporting local residents suffering with anxiety, depression and mental health issues. The programme provides a 12 week support plan offering personal development workshops, skills training and 1-2-1 sessions.

Shane Ralph, Programme Co-ordinator said, ‘We aim to provide candidates suffering mental health issues, depression and anxiety with an increased sense of well-being and access to counselling, advice and mentoring. We offer meaningful volunteer opportunities and an introduction to the various community groups at the park such as Men in Sheds and the Hardie Park Gardeners.

If you suffer from depression, lack of motivation, anger, stress or panic attacks and would like some local help and support please get in touch with Shane on 07888 032698 or email footpaths@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB

 

 

 

 

Food, fun and festive friendship

We did it! The generosity of local residents was amazing and we thank you all for your contribution to the day. Food, drink, gifts, entertainment, volunteer time and transport were donated to provide a Christmas day to remember for our guests who would have otherwise spent the day alone. The new venue provided by Fresh Hope Community Church in Victoria Road gave us plenty of space to not only provide a festive feast but room to dance away the afternoon. Our elf entertainment was superb. Thanks to George Berry for offering to play guitar and inspire the audience. It was well received.

Christmas Day Volunteer Keri Burnett said, ‘It was a truly fantastic day! Well organised with a team of enthusiastic big hearted volunteers. I was proud to be a part of it. The guests were well cared for and a good time was had by all. It wasn’t just a Christmas dinner, everyone took time to talk to the guests and encourage them to join in the fun. It was an honour to take part and I’m looking forward to helping out at more events with Hardie Park this year. 100% you’ll be seeing me next Christmas!

Kevin Plumb who was a guest on the day said, ‘I would like to say a big big thank you to all the volunteers at Hardie Park for cooking the Christmas day lunch. I really enjoyed the meal and the entertainment after was brilliant. Thank you for the nice gifts we received too once again thank you to you , you to me are all stars x

Friends of Hardie Park are feeling very proud. Mission accomplished. What an amazing community you are!

Here’s some live video footage of the day…  https://www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark/videos/1549831131770792/

If you would like to find out more or volunteer with Friends of Hardie Park, click through to the Volunteer area on our website www.friendsofhardiepark.co.uk/volunteer/ and fill out the application form or contact Rob Groves on 07803 295374

Friends of Hardie Park’s aims are to build community, create opportunity and transform the environment of the park. New projects and initiatives are always in the pipeline with the purpose of engaging all age groups and abilities. Upcoming events and feedback on recent activities can be found on their social media channels.

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: 01375 402182 or 07803 295374

Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

Want to find out more? You’re invited to our AGM!

Why not come down to the park on Tuesday 23rd January at 6pm. It will be a great opportunity for local residents, volunteers and our supporters to find out what we’ve achieved so far and to hear our plans for the future. We’d love for you to be part of it.

Nikki our café supervisor will be arranging cheese, wine and refreshments for those that attend.

If you are able to attend please sign up and let us know below!

2017 was a great year for us, let’s do it all again!

PLEASE REGISTER HERE

 

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Petanque Club: First Club Tournament

The petanque club is growing fast. Members are joining daily and meet at various times throughout the week. Some planned meets, some ad-hoc, but all that practice definitely came in handy last week when the group held their first Club Tournament.

Congratulations to the winners donning their medals, our very own Rob Groves partnered with Jayne Gibbs. (pictured)

The final scoreboard looked like this!

6th Place:  14 points Lily Mae and Joan Pye

5th Place:   26 points  Chris Bayford and Iris Hedges

4th Place:   27 points Vicki Brabyn and Dave Archbold

Joint 2nd:   27 points  Martin Gibbs and John Hedges

Joint 2nd:   27 points Dave Bayford and Lynn Matthews

WINNERS : 45 points Rob Groves and Jayne Gibbs

If you would like to learn more about Petanque and how to get involved click through to our webpage here.

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: 01375 402182 or 07803 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

Wow, watch our young techies build a retro arcade game!

Tech Club is an amazing opportunity for young people aged 6-16 to learn coding, computational thinking, electronics and robotics. The club meets every Monday from 4:30-5:30pm and is free of charge. Watch this clip of our Tech Club in action (Facebook). So clever!

Young people can learn, solve problems and have fun at the same time. The latest project is an arcade game called Picade that runs off of a raspberry pi and is built from scratch.

If you are old enough to remember the ‘Pacman’ style games well Picade was designed to recreate that experience. It was purchased in kit form and built by our young team, complete with buttons, joystick and a big screen.
So forward thinking tech is now sharing the joy of old style gaming with the younger generation. What an inspiration our computer wizards are!

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: 01375 402182 or 07803 295374

Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

November News Update

To view our November newsletter click HERE

Out with the old, in with the new!
If you fancy a stall at our indoor table top sale please get in touch. There’s an event on our facebook page that you can comment on or alternatively email info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk or pop in and see Nikki in the café.  Just £5 for a stall and the opportunity to sell on your wares and make way for Christmas.

Chef hats are on for Christmas Fayre
We’re offering a 3 course Christmas lunch menu for groups throughout December. All we ask is that you book at least three days in advance. £14.95 per head.

Find a new tale to tell…
We’re starting a weekly Book Swap afternoon on a Thursday (1st one on 30th Nov). Bring toddlers from 1.30pm to swap their good quality books and pick up a new one. Pop back with primary age children from 3pm to 4.30pm after school. If there’s anyone out there that would like to help deliver this on a Thursday please get in touch. Maybe a young person doing a Duke of Edinburgh Award  wanting to accrue some volunteer hours?

A great community space…come on down!
Our cafe is open daily 9am to 4.30pm serving refreshments throughout the day. A variety of clubs and groups meet here, it’s a hive of activity for all ages. Whether you want to catch up with a friend for coffee, enjoy a spot of gardening or take part in one of the many clubs that run, come on down.  We are sure you will find something that engages you!

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

  • Adult Craft Club 10.30am to 12.30pm  £2 – bring a craft and share your skills.
  • Petanque 1pm to 3pm
  • After School Dinner Club, please book in advance £2.50 kids / £3.50 adult

THURSDAY

  • Petanque 10am to 2pm
  • Book Swap afternoon 1.30pm to 4.30pm
  • Adult Board Games/Cards Club 7pm to 11pm  Next meet Nov 23rd / Dec 14th

FRIDAY

  • Volunteer Gardeners meet at 10am
  • Mens Shed’s meet at 10am
  • SS17 BRAS (Breastfeeding support group) Term time 12.30pm to 2.30pm.

SATURDAY

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: 01375 402182 or 07803 295374 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

Men’s Shed: A place to share skills and a mug of tea

A place to share skills and a mug of tea!

We have some men, we have a shed, we have some tools – now we just need to make it work. In order to run the shed we require trained supervisors so if anyone would like to REGISTER their interest please do so. If you would like to pop along to one of the shed sessions to see if it’s something you want to get involved with then pop down on a Friday morning at 10am.  Training will take place in January and the Shed will open in February on a Monday and Friday. We’ll hold two shed sessions on each day and the cost will be £2 per session which includes tea and coffee.

Here’s the link to the Men’s Shed webpage.

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: 01375 402182 or 07803 295374 Email: mensshed@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Facebook: www.facebook.com/hardieparkmensshed/